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All Tech Considered
4:30 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Make Your Own Comics: Storytelling With Friends

Nishat's got spring fever.
Bitstrips

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 7:33 pm

Jacob Blackstock first conceived of the burgeoning social comics site Bitstrips as a way to let the rest of the Internet participate in his childhood passion. As a kid, the comics he most enjoyed creating "were the ones I would make for my friends, starring those friends," he says.

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The Two-Way
4:30 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

In Pakistan, It's The 'Bat' Versus The 'Lion'

Election workers count ballots at a polling station in Lahore, Pakistan, on Saturday. The election marks the first time in the country's history that an elected government will hand over power to another elected government.
Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 7:37 am

At a bustling polling station in the Lahore district where Imran Khan is seeking a parliament seat, the attitudes of Pakistani voters on Saturday reflected the intensity of the contest between the former cricket star and former two-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Supporting Khan: 'We Don't Need Loans; We Need Jobs'

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:29 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Plays Not My Job

Knopf

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 10:12 am

We use Google to search for just about everything, so we've invited Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt to play a game called "Try Googling that, Bigshot." We'll ask him three questions about things that cannot be found.

Schmidt, who served as Google CEO for 10 years, is the co-author of the new book The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business.

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Code Switch
4:28 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

'Seeking Asian Female' Takes A Close Look At A Fetish

Filmmaker Debbie Lum poses with Steven and Sandy, her documentary subjects, on their wedding day.
Susan Munroe Seeking Asian Female

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 3:49 pm

It's hard to watch Seeking Asian Female, Debbie Lum's uncomfortably close look at the phenomenon some call "yellow fever" — when usually non-Asian men fetishize Asian women as romantic or sexual partners — without squirming. And at first, it seems like it wasn't so easy for Lum to document the phenomenon.

"I had to fight the urge to turn around and leave," Lum says in a voiceover, right before she meets the character we know only as "Steven" for the first time. She told me this guy had one of the "worst cases of yellow fever" she has seen.

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Author Interviews
4:28 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

A Nigerian-'Americanah' Novel About Love, Race And Hair

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian-born author and MacArthur fellow. Her earlier works include the novels Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun and the short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck.
Ivara Esege Random House

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 4:22 pm

School romances face a lot of obstacles: the big decision at graduation, the competing demands of two burgeoning careers, perhaps a period spent in a long-distance relationship. But the young lovers in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's latest novel, Americanah, must overcome even more challenges than usual: military rule, immigration restrictions and, during their years apart, other relationships.

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Monkey See
4:27 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Christopher Guest Comes To HBO With A 'Family' Comedy That's Serious

Chris O'Dowd (left) stars in Family Tree, a new HBO show from Christopher Guest (right) and Jim Piddock.
Suzanne Tenner HBO

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 9:11 am

Christopher Guest has made so many people laugh since he started making mock documentaries with This Is Spinal Tap in 1984 that his fans might be surprised to hear his response to Scott Simon's question on Saturday's Weekend Edition about whether he ever thinks about making a serious movie.

Referencing Family Tree, his new show for HBO starring Chris O'Dowd as a man discovering his roots, Guest says that even with comedy, the emotional content can still be critical.

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Arts & Life
4:27 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mini-Memoirs: 6-Word Stories To Honor Mom

British cyclist Beryl Burton with her daughter Denise in March 1963. Mother and daughter later raced together in the 1972 world championships.
John Pratt Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 8:48 am

This Mother's Day, think about the relationship you have with your mother. Now consider: Could you tell that story in just six words?

The newspaper The Forward recently put out a call for six-word memoirs about mothers — specifically, Jewish mothers. The submissions they received show that you can pack a lot of emotion into a half-dozen words, like in Jennifer Glick's memoir: "Mother, our lady of perpetual dissatisfaction."

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Music
4:26 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

James Cotton: 'The Voice Is Gone, But The Wind Is Still There'

James Cotton is in his 69th year of performing. The latest album by the Mississippi-born, Chicago-based bluesman is called Cotton Mouth Man.
Christopher Durst Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 12:53 pm

Conjure up a list of all-time great blues harmonica players, and high up on it you'll see the name James Cotton.

Cotton's music begins at the source: He was born in Tunica, Miss., and started playing harp at the age of 9, learning directly from Sonny Boy Williamson II. He eventually made his way to Chicago, where he played for a dozen years in Muddy Waters' band before he struck out on his own.

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Planet Money
4:17 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Planet Money: Why Pink ?

Jockey

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 1:33 pm

We're making a t-shirt that tells the story of its own creation. Part of that story is how we chose the colors.

On today's show, we'll explain what the color of our women's t-shirt has to do with this painting from 1969, and we'll tell you how unfinished buildings halfway around the world are shaping what we see on store shelves right now.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
4:17 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

A Fresh Answer To Vermeer's Mystery

The Procuress, painted by Johannes Vermeer in 1656, hangs in a Dresden, Germany, museum in 2004. While this particular work is not in question, Benjamin Binstock argues that other pieces attributed to the Dutch master are by an apprentice and a member of his household.
Norbert Millauer AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:43 am

There are two excellent ideas at the heart of art historian Benjamin Binstock's beautiful and strange new book Vermeer's Family Secrets. The first is taken from a Nietzsche quote:

"We have learned to love all things that we now love."

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